Dave Matthews Takes Jab at President Trump at PreGrammy Law Initiative Luncheon
publish date: 2017-02-11
Attorneys and entrepreneurs came together to feast on a menu of big ideas, artistic ideals and red meat (rare, the way lawyers like it) at the Grammy Foundation's 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon Friday afternoon (Feb. 10) at the Beverly Hilton.
The hotel's intimate ballroom was packed to capacity with about 450 guests. Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said the event, which raises funds for the Grammy Foundation, set attendance and revenue records.
ELI Service Award recipient Elliot Groffman -- a partner at Carroll, Guido & Groffman, whose clients include the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire and Andre 3000 -- received two standing ovations and a whole lotta love for remarks that spanned business and social policy.
"In the overheated political environment that we live in today, we need to aggressively use our role as artist representatives and partners to encourage the artist community to find its individual and collective voice and support the social and political causes that are important to them -- and us -- in the face of political opposition," Groffman said, garnering applause.